Our society is finally beginning to change and it’s time to listen, learn, and love. We need to come together as a community. However, to do that we have to learn to be compassionate, even with people we disagree with. We should not look at people with different ideas, beliefs and lifestyles as the enemy. Compassion and kindness allow us to learn and educate.
As society continues to change and evolve we must be willing to learn. As we open our ears and our minds, our city will thrive and grow, and so will each of us. Creating an environment of love brings people together and produces a community more welcoming and liberating for everybody.
Love is the brightest flame of liberty, and lights the way for a robust culture and community. It is through compassion, education and love, that we change the culture of society and make our world a better place.
In order to better support our residents, we need to bring in new businesses and jobs that will help stimulate the local economy. The City of North Adams needs to work and find business partners to come join our community.
Ideally, we must pursue business that will provide jobs with quality wages for our residents and attract new residents to our city. We have a lot of selling points, including Williams College next door, the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, and Charles H. McCann Technical High School. If we create more economic opportunity some of these students may decide to stay in North Adams instead of leaving to find employment elsewhere.
We must also look at selling any properties which the city currently manages and consider making those properties available for investors and business.
We need to look at the root causes of mental health issues, such as depression, anxiety, addiction, and domestic violence. Some of those are directly linked to lack of economic opportunities.
When people have financial hardships it can directly affect their mental health while also making it a financial burden to seek help for their mental health issues.
Finding ways to partner with our state to increase access via public transportation to other areas close by and even the rest of the state at large will help with economic opportunity and increase access to mental health care.